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LIFE SPORTS: OSU athletics’ program inspires youth to become future collegians On Campus Newspaper

Women’s Basketball

Ohio State leads Big Ten as it chases a record sixth consecutive conference …
Los Angeles Times
“They play hard. They share the ball,” he added. And, yet again, the Buckeyes are on a roll heading into a big showdown on Saturday at No. 19 Michigan State.

MSU won’t be in awe of OSU talent Detroit Free Press Michigan State women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant had a healthy appreciation for the talents of Ohio State junior center Jantel Lavender before she coached her as an assistant on the U.S. gold medal team in the World University Games last summer.

Men’s Basketball

Turner’s presence felt: Guard returns from back injury to help Buckeyes dominate Hoosiers  The Columbus Dispatch – They are roommates, but they pick on each other like brothers. Evan Turner will look at Jon Diebler and say, “If I wasn’t driving, you wouldn’t get an open shot.” Diebler’s retort: “If I wasn’t on the court, you wouldn’t get an open drive.” Each got his own last night, and for one day at least, there were smiles all around the Ohio State men’s basketball team.

Watch IU-OSU Game Highlights on BigTenNetwork.com

The Columbus Dispatch: Sparked by Turner’s return, Buckeyes clobber Hoosiers

Also: The Columbus Dispatch: It’s a different game with Turner on the floor

Also: Cleveland Plain Dealer: Evan Turner looks good, Ohio State looks better as Buckeyes ride leader’s return to win over Indiana

Also: ESPN: Turner returns against Indiana

Ohio State dominates IU
Indiana Daily Student
6, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State coach Thad Matta took a timeout 47 seconds in the first half, after junior guard Jeremiah Rivers’ dunk. The Buckeyes

Football

Watch 2010 Rose Bowl Tonight on Big Ten Network

Buckeyes Once Again Atop Big Ten Standings

New York Times COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — There is no secret formula that has made sixth-ranked Ohio State the perennial team to beat in the Big Ten. ”We have good players,” Buckeyes coach Jim Foster said, carefully choosing his words in his slow and deliberate way of speaking.

Big Ten Network to show replays of five bowl games with Big Ten teams, including four wins

Cleveland Plain Dealer The Big Ten goes 4-3 in football bowl games and its Big Ten Network plans to celebrate. It is not paying for the popcorn, though. The network will televise replays of all four wins and a dramatic loss this week, beginning tonight.

Also: Dayton Daily News: Rose Bowl encore on Big Ten Network

Buckeyes No. 5 in Final AP Poll Wire Reports

Heyward’s decision leads Chekwa, Homan to stay Columbus Dispatch

Tressel’s philosophy on early-entry players The Columbus Dispatch – In the wake of Gibson’s leaving and Heyward and Chekwa staying yesterday, I thought this was a very interesting quote from Jim Tressel, during Rose Bowl interviews last week. On the subject of juniors leaving or staying: “I assume they all want to come back, because I don’t know why you’d ever want to leave college. “It’s funny, the ones who left early all come back and said, ‘Ooh, I don’t know what I did,’ other than they like the money, which is real.

My final AP ballot: Alabama No. 1, Boise State No. 2, Ohio State No. 6
Plain Dealer (blog)
3 and Florida No. 4. Ohio State finished No. 5 and won the state title, finishing 164 points ahead of No. 8 Cincinnati. I ranked the Buckeyes No.

Homan returning for senior season The Columbus Dispatch

Also: Cleveland Plain Dealer: Ohio State linebacker Ross Homan will return for senior season

Rose Bowl has local tie
Scott County Times
De Vier Posey, a sophomore wide receiver for the Ohio State Buckeyes, played an instrumental role in Ohio State’s 26-17 victory over No.

Thomas to transfer from OSU Columbus Dispatch

 

 

 Jan. 5

** Buckeyes in the News Bulletin ** 

Look for an Austin Murphy feature on Terrelle Pryor in this week’s Sports Illustrated. Edition hits newsstands tomorrow.

Men’s Basketball

OSU-Indiana preview Columbus Dispatch

nwitimes.com:
IU’S CREAN COMPLIMENTS BUCKEYES: The Ohio State Buckeyes are caught between adapting to life without Evan Turner and welcoming him back soon. …

Turner could return tonight Columbus Dispatch

Turner could be available against IU

CBSSports.com (blog) – ‎Evan Turner will be available to play Wednesday against Indiana if he makes it through Tuesday’s practice without complications, Bob Baptist of the Columbus …

With Turner out, Ohio State trying to adapt

Chicago Tribune – AP COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State Buckeyes are caught between adapting to life without Evan Turner and welcoming him back …

Indianapolis Star: Will the Hoosiers face Evan Turner Wednesday night?

IU prepares for possiblility of Evan Turner Indiana Daily Student

‘Back’ in action? Turner could return as soon as tonight OSU – The Lantern

Ohio State’s Evan Turner may return sooner than later Plain Dealer (blog)

IU ready if Turner plays for Buckeyes

Times-Mail (subscription) – BLOOMINGTON – On Monday, when there seemed to be no reason for Indiana to fear the return of Evan Turner, Tom Crean was still ready for it …

Women’s Basketball

Ohio State, MSU women stay in Top 25 BigTenNetwork.com 

Schulze still out The Columbus Dispatch Now we’re getting somewhere. The Buckeyes might not have junior forward Sarah Schulze back in the lineup when they play Michigan State at 2 p.m. Saturday in East Lansing. Schulze missed the Michigan game to receive treatment for a knee bursa infection in Ohio State University Medical Center. OSU coach Jim Foster, who doesn’t comment on injuries, did say that he didn’t expect her at practice today. He didn’t sound optimistic for the next few days.

Men’s Hockey

Kesler will savor the Olympic scene Columbus Dispatch

Football

BigTenNetwork.com:

  • Buckeyes primed for bigger things in 2010
  • Emerging Pryor could lead Buckeyes to title

Heyward, Chekwa return to Ohio State
ESPN
By Adam Rittenberg After losing defensive end Thaddeus Gibson to the NFL, Ohio State Buckeyes received a huge boost Tuesday when defensive lineman Cameron …

With Tressel’s blessing, Thaddeus Gibson leaves Ohio State for NFL opportunity

Plain Dealer – Projected as a second-rounder who needs to develop as a potential linebacker-rush end, Thaddeus Gibson is …

Gibson’s departure puts focus on Heyward ESPN (blog)

Gibson declares for NFL Columbus Dispatch

Defensive tackle picks OSU
Columbus Dispatch and The Detroit News
The 6-foot 2 senior, ranked 50th in the country at his position by Scout.com, announced his commitment to Ohio State during halftime of the Detroit …

Jan. 5

Swimming

BCSN to Air Ohio State at Toledo
CollegeSwimming.com
Ohio State is ranked 30th in the same poll and is coming off of a victory in the 40-team Chesapeake Energy Elite Pro-Am. The Buckeyes are 2-0 in dual meets …

Men’s Hockey

The Olympians: Ryan Kesler

NHL.com – This week we bring you Ryan Kesler. Ryan Kesler was but a twinkle in his dad’s eye the last time the Americans won gold at the Winter Olympics. …

Ryan Kesler’s mom ‘in tears’ as he’s named to Team USA Canada.com

Ryan Kesler named to USA Olympic Team News1130

Women’s Basketball

Spartans hope to challenge Buckeyes
ESPN
The Buckeyes’ only loss was at Duke in early December. Having given coach Jim Foster his 700th career victory on Dec. 31, Ohio State is seeking its sixth …

Men’s Basketball

OSU Insider Columbus Dispatch

Missing person: Buckeyes shooting woes persist during Turners absence

OSU Lantern – It has been an interesting last six games for the Ohio State men’s basketball team. Beginning with a loss at Butler and culminating with consecutive losses to open the Big Ten season, the sporadically encouraging, often frustrating series of games has led to one painfully obvious conclusion.

Wrestling

Ohio State defeats Hofstra, George Mason and Columbia — all in one afternoon
Examiner.com
While you were watching football, doing the laundry or taking a nap, Ohio State wrestlers were winning THREE dual meets, all in one afternoon, …

Football

No regrets for Gantz, just rings and respect

Wooster Daily Record – … from his beginning in grade school, to his record-setting days in high school to playing at Ohio State with teammates including Santonio Holmes, AJ Hawk …

“I’m leaving the program as part of a class with the most wins at Ohio State, with five Big Ten championship rings, and having never lost to Michigan,” he said, adding with a laugh that as a General he never lost to archrival Orrville, either. “Growing up in Ohio, everyone watches Ohio State, so being part of it was pretty cool. I’d make the same decision over and over again.”

Buckeyes primed for bigger things in 2010
San Jose Mercury News
AP COLUMBUS, Ohio-Moments after leaving the din of the postgame celebration of Ohio State’s Rose Bowl victory over Oregon, …

Ohio State-Oregon Rose Bowl Draws 13.8 Household Rating, Best Since 2007
TVbytheNumbers
The #8 Buckeyes’ 26-17 victory over the #7 Ducks drew a 13.8 overnight rating on ABC Friday evening, up 10 percent from a 12.6 for last year’s USC-Penn St. …

Rookie Focus: Beanie Wells a big piece of Cardinals’ puzzle

USA Today – Chris Wells was called “Beanie” by his older brother, Ray, because he resembled a string bean when he was …

Green Bay Packers players AJ Hawk, Clay Matthews thank schools …

Green Bay Press Gazette – Green Bay Packers linebackers AJ Hawk and Clay Matthews visited students Tuesday at St. …

Playing like they mean it

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – ‎After a few down games AJ Hawk was back playing physical, decisive football. He slipped mauling RG Deuce Lutui and made a hard hit. …

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  • Former Teammate’s Roast of Cooper Made Bittersweet ’97 Rose Bowl Memorable

Rose Bowl rematch? Bucks, Ducks could meet up again

OSU Lantern – The outcome of last week’s Rose Bowl wasn’t as much a cap to the 2009 season as it was a projection of the talent for 2010. Both Oregon and Ohio State battled through struggles in the regular season. Now that the dust has settled and the Buckeyes won their first Rose Bowl since 1997, both teams have a clearer vision of the future.

Pentello transferring Columbus Dispatch

Dec. 30-Jan. 4

Women’s Hockey

‘Rocky’ has learned to play well with other girls

The Columbus Dispatch OSU women’s hockey coach Jackie Barto recruited the 18-year-old to attend a university unknown to her. “We needed that player: hardworking, consistent, gritty,” Barto said. “If you’re going to war, you’re going to want to take Rocky with you.” LaRocque, a 23-year-old senior co-captain, has since become a forward and tried to adapt her game to women’s hockey, in which checking isn’t permitted.

Men’s Basketball

Surge short-circuits OSU Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State at Michigan Game Highlights on BigTenNetwork.com

Reception planned for OSU’s 1960 title team Columbus Dispatch

Women’s Basketball

Buckeyes show mettle in tough win over Wolverines
Columbus Dispatch
“In a game like this against a great team like Ohio State, you can’t afford to make mistakes,” Wolverines coach Kevin Borseth said. The Buckeyes learned …

Milestone and makeover Columbus Dispatch

Buckeyes revved, ready for Michigan Columbus Dispatch

Football

Ohio State’s Rose-Colored Redemption
Wall Street Journal
For the Buckeyes, long criticized for losing big games, and Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor-a heralded recruit whom fans were starting to consider a …

Watch Rose Bowl Highlights courtesy of BigTenNetwork.com

Rose Bowl: Ohio State Buckeyes win important for Big Ten – ESPN
Ohio State needed it. So did Terrelle Pryor. And the Big Ten. They all got it in the Buckeyes’ Rose Bowl win. The Big Ten BCS famine is so over.

Outlook rosy after bowl win Columbus Dispatch – OSU has momentum going into offseason

A game to remember Columbus Dispatch – Terrelle Pryor, Buckeyes make a statement

Awesome blossom Columbus Dispatch – Pryor’s arm thwarts Ducks’ plan

Challenges strengthen Ohio State senior Kurt Coleman
USA Today
The all-Big Ten Ohio State senior strong safety knows the game might hinge on whether he makes one-on-one tackles in open space against Oregon’s explosive …

Ohio State’s Kurt Coleman is a true leader Los Angeles Times When the safety’s father received a diagnosis of breast cancer three years ago, he began a campus group to raise awareness and money for little-known diseases.

Also: Chicago Tribune: Ohio State’s Coleman makes best of bad situation

Pryor might be fastest player on Ohio State team Oregon Statesman Journal People who stand 6-foot-6 and weigh 235 pounds aren’t supposed to be able to run 40 yards in 4.33 seconds.

Buckeyes’ Heyward has shades of Suh ESPN LOS ANGELES — Nebraska’s Ndamukong Suh put the defensive tackle position on the map this season, bull rushing his way to the Heisman Trophy presentation. Suh had the amazing ability to dominate games, namely the Big 12 championship against Texas, from a position that largely goes unnoticed. Anyone who watched Ohio State’s matchups with Penn State and USC this fall saw the same type of dominance from Buckeyes defensive tackle Cameron Heyward.

Ohio State defense locks up Masoli
Daily Breeze
Ohio State’s Ross Homan, right, intercepts the ball and is pursued by Oregon’s Jordan Holmes during the second quarter at the …

Defense was the deciding factor in Ohio State’s Rose Bowl win …
By Associated Press
The Buckeyes’ Big Ten bruisers never allowed Masoli and his creative Ducks to take flight, while Oregon couldn’t keep up with Pryor at the controls of Ohio State’s surprising aerial approach. “We have a great defense that causes …

Pryor’s potential finally realized Columbus Dispatch

Pettrey punctuates his career Columbus Dispatch

Pryor, Buckeyes complete duck hunting season with takedown of Oregon

OSU Lantern – Terrelle Pryor, Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes saved their best for last, vanquishing several seasons of bowl game frustration with a 26-17 Rose Bowl victory Saturday over Oregon in Pasadena, Calif.

Tressel stirs together perfect bowl game mix

OSU Lantern – With a dash of Tresselball and a pinch of risky business, the Buckeyes finally found their recipe for bowl game success. All it took was a strong defense that has been around all season and a timely fourth-and-one conversion for the Buckeyes to step out ahead of the Oregon Ducks 26-17 in the 2010 Rose Bowl.

Ohio St. 26, Oregon 17
USA Today
Ahead 19-17, the Buckeyes took over at their own 19 following a punt with 13 minutes to go in the fourth. Ohio State converted on three third downs during …

Scenes from the Beef Bowl
ESPN
While Ohio State won the 2002 national championship (at the ’03 Fiesta Bowl) and appeared in back-to-back BCS title games in ’07 and ’08, the Buckeyes …

A motto with meaning Columbus Dispatch

Off the field: City of Angels is city of dreams for Buckeyes

OSU Lantern – For many of the Ohio State players, the trip to Los Angeles is their first. Even for those who were members of the squad that lost to USC in the 2008 season, this bowl game trip has presented a lot more time to play.

OSU notebook: Hicks’ play opens hall door Columbus Dispatch

Video: OSU legend, John Hicks, emotional introduction to Rose Bowl hall of fame

OSU Lantern – John Hicks, Barry Alvarez and Tom Hansen were inducted to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Wednesday, December 30, 2009.

University/Community

Bowl-related drives at OSU, in L.A. help feed the hungry The Columbus Dispatch After enjoying the Christmas holiday, Julie Sanzone decided to do her part to make other people happy, too.

Ohio State volunteers pack food for needy kids The Columbus Dispatch Dozens of volunteers put their high Rose Bowl spirits to use today helping prepare food for hungry children.

In One Expert’s Opinion, Rose Bowl Is the Game to Watch New York Times Oregon and Ohio State each enjoyed great college football seasons. I did, too. Hide the Blackberry at about 4:30 p.m. Friday and flip on the Rose Bowl between those Pac 10-champion Ducks and the Big Ten-champion Buckeyes.

Gordon Gee on the Radio Yesterday we scheduled a number of radio interviews for President Gee, including some major national radio shows, WLW (the largest radio show in the region) and some local and regional programs. The Tim Brando Show on XM Radio

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